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Hi. Thanks for using JA! I will try and help you out.
Could you see anywhere on the truck that looked like lightning hit it?
Did this problem start right after the storm or something else?
From what your saying, there could possibly be ECM damage.
Thanks for the information.
I LOOKED AROUND DID NOT SEE ANY BURNED MARKS. DID NOT LOOK TO CLOSE TO ANTENNA'S OR EXHAUST TIPS. BUT LOOKED O.K
YES-THIS PROBLEM AFTER STORM.....
I have seen several trucks hit by lightning over the years. After the truck is struck, one of two things happen.
The ECM gets fried which obviously causes the engine not to run. Or many of the circuits get damaged and cause fault codes on these damaged circuits.
In your case, the reason the gages on the dash do not work is because the ECM feeds many of them. Coolant temp, RPM's, and Oil Pressure.
If it was me, I would be thinking about trying a Test ECM. DO you have another truck that you could borrow an ECM off of?
YES I DO I WILL TRY THAT!!
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